One of the two boys was wheeled into surgery but unfortunately neither is expected to survive their injuries. They will be removed from life support once their organs are donated.
A woman in Pennsylvania is being held in custody for allegedly shooting her two children in the head. The shocking incident unfolded in the early hours of May 2 and hours following the shooting authorities arrested Trinh Nguyen, 38, from the affluent Philadelphia suburb of Upper Makefield Township. Her two sons, ages 9 and 13, were hospitalized immediately after and were said to be on life support.
One of the two boys was wheeled into surgery but unfortunately neither are expected to survive their injuries and will be removed from life support once their organs are donated revealed a spokesman for the Bucks County district. As for Nguyen, she is charged with three counts of attempted criminal homicide and one count of possession of an instrument of crime.
The charges are expected to be upgraded to "two counts of homicide" once the boys' organs are transplanted revealed County District Attorney Matt Weintraub. Per NBC News, the 38-year-old is accused of shooting her two kids and attempting to do the same with her neighbor before fleeing the scene in a white Minivan on Monday morning. She was apprehended around 11:30 a.m., four hours after authorities received a 911 call from her neighbor.
Two Pennsylvania boys, ages 9 and 13, are on life support after their mother shot them in the head while they were in bed at home in a Philadelphia suburb. They will remain hospitalized until their organs can be donated. #paleg https://t.co/vxTuWf6THR— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 4, 2022
According to the affidavit, authorities arrived at the home in Upper Makefield Township shortly after 7 a.m. after a man reported that his neighbor, Nguyen, approached him with a box of photos as he was trying to leave for work. She asked him to deliver these pictures to his ex-husband, with whom the man works. But when the neighbor did not comply and instead turned around, Nguyen allegedly pointed a black revolver at his face.
Although she pulled the trigger twice, the gun didn't fire. At that point, the neighbor bear-hugged Nguyen to disarm her and fled the scene soon after. The man immediately notified police about her actions and when authorities arrived at her home they found her two children in bed. "Upon entry, both boys were found still alive but in their beds with gunshot wounds to their heads," noted Weintraub.
Following a brief search, Nguyen was found at United Methodist Church in Washington Crossing, situated a few miles east of Upper Makefield. She was then taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center "due to the indication that she was under the influence." It is also believed that the mom consumed narcotics in an attempt to take her own life. "There were other evidentiary indications that she intended to take her own life but was unsuccessful," said Weintraub.
As for the Council Rock School District Acting Superintendent Susan Elliot, she expressed how "deeply saddened" the community was by the terrible shooting. "A tragic event is always difficult to process for all of us, especially our children. We tend to process such information in different ways and at different paces. It is not uncommon to experience difficulty eating, sleeping, or concentrating," she said.
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